Thursday, December 02, 2004

Salvadorans Buying Up Stakes in the Homeland (

The Washington Post this week carried an article about a boom in sales of more expensive housing in El Salvador as Salvadorans who amassed wealth in the United States return home. The Post article state, "Thousands of Salvadorans living abroad ... according to the Salvadoran embassy, are buying homes and land in this small country, reshaping the housing and development market and helping push up real estate prices.
This is a phenomenon of modern immigration. In an age of the Internet, satellite television and radio, cheap air fares and cheaper international phone rates, immigrants from many countries are more connected to their homelands than immigrants ever could have been in the past. "
I wonder if there is a connection to the recent push to make sure that Salvadorans living abroad have the ability to vote in future elections?

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